In his essay ‘Reciprocity’ cultural ecologist David Abram suggests that humanity may learn from the wild salmon a different way of being in the world, a way, based on mutual exchange rather than the exercise of power and control. In this paper I reflect on Abram’s view of reciprocity in relation to the artist book. Are the collaborations involved in the creation and reception of the poetic artist book a model of reciprocity? If so, can this form of art practice lead us away from our high speed, individualistic modern existence to a gentler, more thoughtful and ultimately more sustainable way of living?
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||The Blue Notebook: a new journal for artists' books|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|